September 13th, 2011
05:07 PM ET
After years of trying, film critic Roger Ebert won The New Yorker Cartoon Caption Contest.
Sadly, Zach Galifianakis never saw this success, and gave up submitting entries in 2007, reports The Wall Street Journal. The New Yorker has rejected every one of the comedian’s submissions.
“The Hangover” star is in good company. The Caption Contest, which appears in the back of the magazine each week, has eluded many notable entrants, including three-term mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg.
Other celebs who’ve submitted to the erudite competition in vain include country singer Brad Paisley and New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.
The cartoon that finally killed the actor's desire to compete portrayed two dogs talking as they watched another dog about to throw a stick. Galifianakis’ submission read, "Big deal. I can DRIVE a stick." Apparently the magazine doesn't enjoy puns as much as you do.
Galifianakis' caption was one of 7,807 entries that week. The winner? "He's his own best friend."
"I think he was hurt," says New Yorker cartoon editor Robert Mankoff of the star's rejection.
C’mon, Zach, keep pumping out those entries. It only took Ebert 108 tries!
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